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Essential Facts

 

CUSTOMS

 

Residents or non-residents who leave or enter Portugal territory are free to take with them national and foreign currency in coins and notes, travelers cheques and other securities intended to pay for the travel expenses, but are obligated to inform the customs authorities if the values involved exceed 2.5 million escudos (approximately US$13,000.00).

Travelers over 17 years old, may bring in the following items, duty free: 2 bottles of table wine, 1 bottle of hard liquor, 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco, 1.75 ounces of perfume and small quantities of tea or coffee for personal use. Bringing fresh meat into Portugal is forbidden. For further information, contact the Embassy services or the Portuguese Consulates.

Essential Facts

 

TIME

 

Continental Portugal and Madeira Island are on the Greenwich time - five hours ahead of Eastern Time & eight ahead of Pacific Time. The Azores Islands are 1 hour behind the Portuguese mainland. Daylight savings time begins the last Sunday in March (clocks are turned one hour ahead) and ends the last Sunday in October (clocks go back one hour).

 

CLIMATE

 

Mild year round. Summers are dry and clear, with warm sunshine extending long into Autumn. Winters are moderately cool and are the rainiest time of year, except in subtropical Madeira, where there is little rain. Mid-Summer temperatures range in the 70 F, while Winter temperatures range from the low to mid-50s.
This should be above the weather chart (attached).

 

 

Business hours

 

Banks: From 8:30 am to 3 pm from Monday to Friday; closed on official holidays.

Shops: From 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm (working days). On Saturdays, most shops close at 1 pm. In the shopping centres located in larger towns, shops are normally open too on Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays from 10 am to 11 pm.

Museums: Open from 10 am to 12:30 am and from 2 pm to 5 pm. Closed on Mondays. Some palaces also close on Wednesdays.

 

Pharmacies

 

Open from 9 am to 1 pm and from 3 pm to 7 pm, Monday to Friday, and Saturday mornings.

 

 

Weather Chart

 

Porto E Norte De Portugal

Beiras-Centro De Portugal

Lisboa

Algarve

Madeira

Azores

 

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

Max

Min

JAN

56

41

56

43

59

47

60

46

65

57

63

53

FEB

57

42

57

44

61

48

61

47

65

56

61

52

MAR

60

44

62

49

63

51

63

50

65

56

63

53

APR

63

46

65

52

68

54

67

53

66

57

64

53

MAY

67

50

65

55

69

56

71

54

69

59

68

56

JUN

71

54

70

58

74

60

77

51

72

63

71

60

JUL

73

57

72

60

78

63

83

64

76

66

75

63

AUG

75

56

73

60

79

63

83

65

76

68

78

65

SEP

73

55

71

59

77

62

78

63

77

68

76

64

OCT

69

51

67

64

72

58

72

58

74

65

72

61

NOV

62

45

62

50

65

53

66

52

70

62

68

58

DEC

58

42

57

45

60

48

61

47

66

59

64

55

Weather Chart reflects average temperatures

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